Lynette Silver

Lynette Ramsay Silver AM (born 1945) is an Australian historian and author. She has written a number of books dealing with Australian history. In particular many of her works deal with military history.


Her first book published in 1986, "A Fool's Gold?", deals with the first discoveries of payable gold in Australia and was written after she discovered archival documents "lost" for 134 years. Her next book, "The Battle of Vinegar Hill", first published in 1989, is the first (and only) full account of the Irish insurrection Castle Hill convict rebellion of 1804. "Sandakan - A Conspiracy of Silence", released in 1998, uncovered the fate of 2428 Australian and British prisoners of war who died at the Sandakan POW Camp in Borneo or on one of the infamous death marches, and investigated the coverup of a failed rescue mission Operation Kingfisher (World War II). In 2004 "The Bridge at Parit Sulong", is an investigation into the mass murder of prisoners of war by Japanese soldiers in Malaya in 1942. massacre of allied prisoners. Further books, mainly related to military history, followed.

Silver was awarded an honorary Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2004 for "service to veterans and their families, particularly as an organiser of battlefield tours and commemorative services".[1] She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours for "significant service to the community through historical battlefield tours and commemorative services".[2]

Personal life

She is married and has two children and three grandchildren.


  • A Fool's Gold? (1986)
  • The Battle of Vinegar Hill (1989)
  • The Heroes of Rimau: Unravelling the Mystery of One of World War II's Most Daring Raids (1990)
  • Krait; The fishing boat that went to war (1992)
  • Pot Pourri and other Secrets from the Garden (1992)
  • My Ballet Book (1992)
  • Making...Friendship Bands(1994)
  • Flowercraft (1995)
  • Papercraft: Paper-Making & Paper-MacHe (1995)
  • Playing skipping and Elastic Games (1995)
  • Fabulous furphies; Ten great myths from Australia's past (1997)
  • Sandakan: A Conspiracy of Silence (1998)
  • On This Rock: The Church of St Peter Hornsby 1898-1998 (1998)
  • Great Kids Games (1999)
  • The Bridge at Parit Sulong (2004)
  • Marcel Caux - A Life Unravelled (2005)
  • Deadly Secrets: The Singapore Raids 1943-45 (2010)
  • Blood Brothers (2010)
  • In The Mouth Of The Tiger (2014)
  • Billy: My Life as a Teenage POW (2016)


  1. "Lynette Silver [H]". Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. "Lynette Silver OAM". Retrieved 27 January 2019.
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